The US has avoided requiring a negative COVID-19 test until now, but starting on Monday all passengers from the UK will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test from within the past 72 hours in order to board a flight from the UK to the US. This is due to the UK variant of COVID-19 which is spreading like wildfire there.
Other countries have instituted bans and quarantine requirements for several days already. In Israel, foreign passengers from the UK, Denmark, and South Africa were banned last Saturday and Israelis were forced to quarantine in a COVID hotel for 10-14 days.
The US requirements strike me as being awfully similar to previous Europe travel bans that came too little too late to stop the virus from entering the US, but enough to save face about doing nothing.
Traffic between the UK and US is already down by 90% due to US restrictions on Europe and UK residents and UK quarantine requirements.
In the meantime, Brazil will start requiring a negative COVID-19 PCR for foreign nationals starting on December 30th. That will be of interest to DansDeals readers who took advantage of last week’s $412 business class tickets from NYC to Sao Paulo.